A Christian Church is a local community where everyone is welcome. It is a community where people meet together, and find friendships and a fresh sense of meaning and purpose.
They experience the goodness and vitality of Jesus Christ and the love of God.
A Church for Everyone
All Christian churches try to help people to live in a relationship with God - loving him and being loved by him through Jesus and doing the same for other people.
Christian churches take many different forms but each one aims to be a spiritual and practical community of people seeking to know and serve God and other people through trusting, suportive and hopeful relationships.
These relationships are founded on two basic principles:
the love of God and the love (or care and concern) for other people.
A church extends beyond the confines of a building and embraces wider geographical communities and social networks.
So what does it mean to be a Christian?
Christians are people who live in relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Christians know God as:
- The Father. God is the loving creator, always caring for his creation and for everyone.
- Jesus Christ, his Son. Jesus frees people to live for ever in love, trust and hope without being overwhelmed by the fear of death and by anxieties and false securities.
- The Holy Spirit who communicates the good news of the Father and Son and transforms people’s lives.
Christians are active in serving the wider community in all kinds of ways.